Lee targets Chelsea victory

West Ham United will travel to Chelsea on Wednesday keen to build on last week's impressive 4-1 Barclays Premier Reserve League victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Radoslav Kovac, Cristian Montano, Olly Lee and Freddie Sears were all on target as the second-string recorded a comprehensive win over the Baggies.

Midfielder Lee believes the confidence drawn from that result and performance will stand the Hammers in good stead when they take on the Blues at their Cobham training ground. The 19-year-old also had words of praise for first-team coach Kevin Keen, who has taken control of the reserves on a temporary basis following the departure of Alex Dyer to become assistant manager at Charlton Athletic.

"It was a really good result. We started off a bit slow but then we changed the formation and it really worked. Everyone upped their game and we played really well.

"The senior boys come down and don't treat it as a training session. They do it properly and work hard for the team. It might not mean as much to them as it does for us reserve-team regulars, but they've still got to play and get their fitness levels up and it's nice for everyone that they give their best.

"Kovi is one of those who has played a few times for us. He obviously wouldn't want to be playing in the reserves but when he comes down, he gives his all, helps everyone else out and is good for everyone to have around."

Looking forward to the trip to Chelsea, Lee is eager to maintain the Hammers' recent return to winning ways.

"Cobham is always a nice place to go and play football, so we'll be doing all we can to turn them over. We played them at home in November and lost narrowly. It was a close game and we lost 2-1. They just edged us on the night and we didn't play as well as we could.

"Hopefully we will turn up tomorrow and get a win."

Lee had words of praise for recently-departed manager Dyer, while also thanking Keen for stepping in and ensuring things run smoothly while the club goes through the process of appointing a replacement.

"Alex is obviously a big miss because he was a top bloke to have around and he lit the place up. Kev has come in and taken over and he's done brilliantly, to be fair. He's certainly the right person to oversee the transition period because everyone likes him and enjoys working with him."

Wednesday's behind-closed-doors match could see Thomas Hitzlsperger make his second reserve-team start following his return from a long-term thigh injury, while the likes of Marek Stech, Zavon Hines, Freddie Sears and Julien Faubert will also be hoping to impress ahead of Monday's FA Cup fifth-round visit of Burnley.

Kick-off at Cobham on Wednesday is at 2pm. whufc.com will have team news and live text updates from 1pm.